Friday 10 August 2012
Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton has been ruled out for the first two months of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season after breaking a metatarsal bone in his foot.
The 22-year-old, who last season scored the 20,000th goal in the history of the Barclays Premier League, suffered the injury during the first week of pre-season training and is likely to be out until October.
The news will come as a blow to Villa manager Paul Lambert, who has already been deprived of the services of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Richard Dunne for the start of the season.
Striker Agbonlahor will be sidelined for a month after suffering a knee injury during the club's pre-season tour of the United States, while the experienced defender is likely to be out for up to six weeks after undergoing a groin operation.
Aston Villa begin the new campaign at newly promoted West Ham United on August 18th.